A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Shapiro ...
Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')
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Rodriguez / Leo Batfish / The President / The Hooker
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The Fingers / Geritan / Four Leaf Clover
Buzzy Linhart ...
The Hitchhiker
Richmond Baier ...
The Girl
Berkeley Harris ...
The Rich Guy
Jennifer Welles ...
The Geritan Girl
Roy Wallace ...
The Gorillas
Kirtus Allen ...
Gorilla
Laura Glicken ...
The Gorillas
Hal Fore ...
Gorilla
Jennifer Zens ...
The Gorillas
Leo Petrie ...
Gorilla
Lane Sarasohn ...
The Dancing Policeman / The Assassin
Paul Norman ...
Mouth Appeal / Sex Olympics
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A collection of skits that make fun of television. Everything from commercials to the nightly news are spoofed. Chevy Chase makes a brief (as well as his debut), appearance. Written by K.L.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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ALL IS REVEALED IN THE GROOVE TUBE See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

5 June 1975 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Brown 25  »

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,447,000 (USA)
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Trivia

A PG-rated version of this movie was later released on a double bill with a similarly cut The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977). See more »

Goofs

The opening of the "Channel One Evening News" skit includes a roll call of the reporters to be featured in the program. Among the reporters mentioned is "Freddie Fagu in Minneapolis," but Fagu's segment is missing from the skit. See more »

Quotes

Hooker: Lionel? That sounds like a train, I'm gonna do a "non-stop" on you choo-choo.
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Move On Up
Written and Performed by Curtis Mayfield
courtesy of Buddah Records and Curtom Music
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First as video, then to film, progenitor of a lot that followed. Some hysterical sequences
18 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Groove Tube" was initially shown on video, in the first "video theaters" here in Boston. In one room, there were TV monitors on high stands, with old movie theater seats, in small groups facing the monitors. There were old refrigerators stocked with Pepsi, and baskets of York Peppermint Patties. In a second, smaller room, there were no seats, just large pillows. That was the 'smoking' room, i.e., people got high in there. That act only added to the hilarity of the video.

I was a 'frequent viewer'; the scenes I liked most and remember to this day are: Koko The Clown, The Kramp Family Kitchen (Kramp Easy-Lube Shortening), Safety Sam/ VD PSA, the Chevy Chase hitchhiker w/ nude runs through the woods, the Finger Ballet on what was eventually revealed to be the nude body of a woman. The last item was very reminiscent of the late, incredible Ernie Kovacs. Now, I've lost a lot of readers that are under 48 ("who is Ernie Kovacs??") but trust me, it's funny stuff.

One reason I was a 'frequent viewer' was that I, and my friends, would bring other "Groove Tube" virgins to see it. We would sit and slyly watch the faces of the 'virgins' as the "Safety Sam" PSA would play. As the camera slowly zooms in on "Sam", we would wait for that "OH!" of recognition on the 'virgin's' face. Each time was more hilarious than the last. And then that 'virgin' would then bring a friend to see the show, repeating what we had done. To get this joke, you must watch the video.

Yes, some of it is dated, but most plays, film, television, and now videos are. Just look at any video made in the 1980's.

I did see "The Groove Tube" in a theater as a film, a grainy transfer from the original video. It had been cut, and was missing some of the original high-point scenes.

The first "Saturday Night Live" show, featuring Chevy Chase, elicited instant remarks of, "that's the guy from "The Groove Tube" ", so it was a precursor for Chevy.

I can't look at a can of shortening without hearing the voice-over, "coat your hands with a generous amount of Kramp Easy-Lube shortening..." and thinking of the "Kramp Holiday Loaf" recipe. Always gets me laughing in the Baking Needs aisle in the grocery store.

The early 70's were parlous times; "The Groove Tube" was fresh, new, and really 'got' the humor of the times. It offered a 'hip generation', humor that wasn't available in any other format/medium. MJH


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